Israel strips Arab Israeli attacker of citizenship in first such ruling

Source: Xinhua| 2017-08-07 17:53:50|Editor: ying
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JERUSALEM, Aug. 7 (Xinhua) -- An Israeli court has decided to strip an Arab Israeli attacker of his citizenship, the first ruling of its kind, legal sources said on Monday.

The 22-year-old, from Umm al-Fahm in northern Israel, was convicted on four counts of attempted murder after driving a car into Israeli soldiers and stabbing civilians in October 2015. He was sentenced to 25 years in jail in June 2016.

The Haifa district court decided to strip Alla Zayud of his citizenship Sunday by applying a 2008 law that allows the interior ministry to deprive of their nationality those involved in "terrorist activities," the sources said.

Adalah, an Arab Israeli rights group, said it was the first court decision of its kind.

His mother is an Israeli citizen while his father is a Palestinian with permanent residence in Israel.

Adalah and the Association for Civil Rights in Israel in a joint statement said they would appeal the ruling to the supreme court.

Arab Israelis are the descendents of Palestinians who remained on their land when the Jewish state was established in 1948.

They number around 1.4 million, some 18 percent of Israel's population.